Puppy Strangles Himself to Death After Being Tied to Dumpster: Police

Puppy Strangles Himself to Death After Being Tied to Dumpster: Police

Authorities are searching for the person who tied a puppy to a dumpster outside of a Texas animal shelter, resulting in his death, according to local police.

While pleading for information on Facebook Wednesday, the Humble Police Department (HPD) apologized for the quality of the photo shared of the suspect as well as the graphic nature of the post but said the person responsible for the puppy’s death “needs to be charged.”

“She appears to be a black female wearing grey sweatpants, a pink sweatshirt, a white hat and white slides for shoes,” HPD said on Facebook, sharing a grainy image of the suspect.

Newsweek reached out via email and Facebook on Sunday to the HPD for comment and an update on the case.

Puppy Tied to Dumpster Dies
Police tape is pictured at a crime scene. The inset shows the suspect wanted in a Texas animal cruelty case where police said she left a puppy tied to a dumpster outside an animal shelter where the dog strangled himself to death.
Frederic J. BROWN / AFP/Getty, Humble Police Department

Police said that the video shows the tan and white male puppy, believed to be a 6 to 8-month-old Pitbull mix, walking with the woman from First Street to the Humble Animal Shelter at 240 Dennis Street in Humble, Texas, a city of roughly 16,000 located in the Houston metropolitan area. Video captured the woman outside the shelter where HPD said that she proceeded to “tie the dog who was struggling” to the dumpster with a piece of orange cord around his neck.

“The dog was struggling and thrashing while she did this,” HPD said in the online statement.

Police said that once the puppy was tied, the video showed him “struggling,” adding that the “suspect never looked back.” The puppy’s thrashing as the woman walked away caused the cord to tighten around his neck, ultimately leading to the dog’s death.

The dog was “unconscious and dead” roughly two minutes after being tied to the dumpster, HPD said, noting that the suspect was seen in the footage even after the puppy stopped “twitching.”

The woman in the picture is wanted for questioning in connection to the dog’s death. Police said she could face felony animal cruelty charges and urged anyone with information regarding the case to come forward.

“Please, please, please contact the City of Humble Police Department if you have any information on this suspect,” HPD said in the statement.

The department’s number is 281-446-7127.

While sharing the HPD’s post, the Humble Animal Shelter posted about the incident on Facebook saying, “She needs to be found ASAP.” Shelter officials also called on the public to come forward with information, saying to contact the HPD “with any information you have.”

Newsweek reached out via email and Facebook on Sunday to the Humble Animal Shelter for comment.

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